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USC/Utah Scoring Controversy

Imagine you’re in Las Vegas, at Caesars Palace, and you bet $20 on USC to win, while giving 8.5 points to Utah.

So, USC is winning, 17-14, when on the last play of the game, the Trojans block an attempted Utah field goal, and return it for a touchdown.

That makes it 23-17, USC. So, you win, right?

No…because a celebration follows, and USC is flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, and the officials disallow the touchdown, making the final score 17-14.

So, you lose, right?

No, because two hours later, Pac-12 officials rule that the touchdown should have counted, and make the official final score; USC 23, Utah 17.

So, you win, right?

Well, yes, but you threw away your ticket after the touchdown run was previously disallowed, and now you can’t find your ticket.

Don’t laugh, in reality, it probably happened to more than one person on Saturday.

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)


Coleman Petersen #95 of the Utah Utes lines up a field goal in the final seconds of the game against the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 10, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  The field goal was blocked to preserve a Trojan win.

The Associated Press, courtesy of, reports that the situation created quite a stir in Las Vegas.

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